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Best of Lowland Scotland in a Day

1 day example tour

Visit some of the best that the Lowlands has to offer in a single day; Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey, Craigmillar Castle and more.

What's Included?

Private transfer

Travel in the luxury and comfort of our Land Rover Discovery 4x4 dedicated solely to you for the duration of your trip

Experienced Scottish guide by your side

Discover Scotland with an experienced Scottish guide by your side

Customizable

All itineraries can be modified to meet your needs

Overview

This region of Scotland has so much beauty and history, just waiting for you to discover. Visit Craigmillar Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This 15th century Medieval Castle simply oozes history and is thought to be one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland. Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold. It is also an important part in the story of Mary Queen of Scots who fled here following the murder of her beloved Rizzio.

Next, a short journey to the partly ruined Melrose Abbey. Founded by the Cistercian Monks in 1136 at the request of King David I of Scotland. See if you can spot the stone carving of the pig playing the bagpipes. Find out why Robert the Bruces heart was buried here.

Why not enjoy a leisurely wander around the pretty town of Melrose and maybe indulge in a bite to eat? By the way, we highly recommend the scotch pies from Martin Baird Butchers.

Feel the passion that Scotland’s most famous writer, Sir Walter Scott, put into the design and style of his baronial styled country home, Abbotsford House. Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, which incidentally has a deserved reputation as one of the world’s greatest salmon fisheries, this wonderful piece of architecture also boasts beautiful gardens, its own chapel, woodland walks and a restaurant serving excellent fresh local dishes.

If you watched The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Browns novel, you will need no introduction to Rosslyn Chapel. Still used as a place of worship today, this exquisite building was the work of William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, in the hope of securing himself a place in Heaven. The interior is truly breath-taking. Sit on a pew and absorb it all in quiet contemplation. You can even see the stone mason’s marks carved into the stone. This was to prove their work and ensure payment. Say “ hi” to William the Chapel cat and maybe buy the book, written by The Countess of Rosslyn, ‘William the Cat and the Rescue of Rosslyn Chapel’
 

Following what we know will be a wonderful day, we will take you directly to your evenings accommodation and say our farewell.